Math of environmental tax on indoor marijuana

I played such a small part on the BOTEC team consulting on marijuana legalization in Washington State that I just ran across this BOTEC document:  “Recognize the high GHG [greenhouse gas] intensity of indoor growing with a differential tax”:

A simple recognition of the distinctive climate effects of indoor growing would be to increase the producer tax on indoor marijuana by an amount that reflected (approximately) its respective carbon foot-print. At $30/tonne of CO Continue reading Math of environmental tax on indoor marijuana

Expert calls for flexible marijuana taxes

Freezing marijuana tax rates until 2022, as the proposed  “Control, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana Act” in California would do, strikes me as a risky gamble.  Flexibility on taxes is needed.  One expert puts it this way:

“There is stuff we’re going to get wrong – whether it’s tax rates, enforcement, the relationship [between recreational and] medical marijuana,” says law professor Sam Kamin at the University of Denver, who served on a task force that recommended regulations for Colorado’s marijuana industry. Continue reading Expert calls for flexible marijuana taxes